"Teresa of Jesus, Doctor of the Church, Teacher of Light, A flash of Love: Teach us the path which your steps have taken; your soul ablaze, seeking the Lord within you!" Today, 28 March 2015 is the 500th anniversary of the birth of St Teresa of … [More]
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“Many bulls encompass me, strong bulls of Bashan surround me; they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax, it is melted within my breast; … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan  Friday, 18:54
“And they compelled a passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.” – Mark 15:21 From the Upper Stations in Lourdes.
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LawrenceOP-Fan  Friday, 18:54
“He had no form or comeliness that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan  Monday, 16:01
“Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, ‘Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan  Sunday, 05:07
“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan  20/03/2015 06:43
“When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify thy Son that the Son may glorify thee, since thou hast given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom thou hast … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan  20/03/2015 06:28
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LawrenceOP-Fan  20/03/2015 06:28
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LawrenceOP-Fan  20/03/2015 06:28
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LawrenceOP-Fan  19/03/2015 06:15
"Almighty God, at the beginnings of our salvation, when Mary conceived your Son and brought him forth in to the world, you placed them under Joseph’s watchful care. May his prayer still help your Church to be an equally faithful guardian of your … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan  19/03/2015 06:15
St Joseph's own death was most beautiful, for he died in the arms of Jesus and Mary; this is the principal reason why he is the patron of a happy death. "Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan  19/03/2015 06:15
"Guardian of virgins, and holy father Joseph, to whose faithful custody Christ Jesus, Innocence itself, and Mary, Virgin of virgins, were committed; I pray and beseech thee, by these dear pledges, Jesus and Mary, that, being preserved from all … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan  19/03/2015 06:15
"Remember, most pure spouse of Mary, ever Virgin, my loving protector, Saint Joseph, that no one ever had recourse to your protection or asked for your aid without obtaining relief. Confiding, therefore, in your goodness, I come before you and … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan  19/03/2015 06:15
" What then is Joseph’s position in the whole Church of Christ? Is he not a man chosen and set apart? Through him and, yes, under him, Christ was fittingly and honourably introduced into the world. Holy Church in its entirety is indebted to the … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan  18/03/2015 06:20
From today until The Triduum, I shall present the 14 Stations of the Cross. This Station is by Aelred Whitacre OP, from Blackfriars in Oxford, the Dominican priory in that great university town. It is striking that Fr Aelred, reflecting Thomistic … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan  17/03/2015 11:00
My sermon for St Patrick's feast can be read here. Shrine to the saint in St Patrick's, a Dominican church in Columbus, OH.
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LawrenceOP-Fan  17/03/2015 11:00
"[T[here is no other God, nor will there ever be, nor was there ever, except God the Father. He is the one who was not begotten, the one without a beginning, the one from whom all beginnings come, the one who holds all things in being – this is our … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan  17/03/2015 11:00
"I bind to myself today The strong power of the invocation of the Trinity; The faith of the Trinity in unity; The Creator of the elements" – from the Lorica of St Patrick. My sermon for St Patrick's feast can be read here. Stained glass from St … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan  16/03/2015 05:57
Adjacent to the Stations of the Cross, which is Our Lord's path of Love, penitents queue up for Confession, in which Christ's Love and Mercy from the Cross is poured out on us to make us holy as he is holy. From St Patrick's church, a Dominican … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan  16/03/2015 04:03
This fossilized tree is over 10.5m long and is Scotland's largest fossil. It was uncovered between 1835 and 1865 at Craigleith, Edinburgh, where the stone for the palm houses in the background was quarried.
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LawrenceOP-Fan  16/03/2015 02:53
"We should note that this sacrament is different from the others: for the other sacraments have individual effects: as in baptism, only the one baptized receives grace. But in the immolation of this sacrament, the effect is universal: because it … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan  16/03/2015 02:12
Built around 1400, the unique octagonal 'Lantern Tower' of Ely Cathedral is 23 m (74 ft) wide and 52 m (170 ft) high. It lets light into the central crossing of this great Romanesque cathedral.
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LawrenceOP-Fan  16/03/2015 00:52
"We praise Your greatness as we honour the prophet who prepared the way before Your Son. You set John the Baptist apart from others, marking Him out with special favour. His birth brought great rejoicing: even in the womb He leapt for joy, so near … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan  15/03/2015 23:33
Magnus, our priory cat, is watching the birds eagerly too...
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LawrenceOP-Fan  15/03/2015 19:12
"We have redemption through his blood, the remission of sins, according to the riches of his, grace..." – Ephesians 1:7. This detail from the enameled crucifix that surmount the tabernacle on the High Altar of St Vincent Ferrer's, NYC, shows an … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan  15/03/2015 15:53
Built between 1882-5 to a design by Dunn & Hansom, St Cuthbert's Chapel was the main chapel of the seminarians at Ushaw College, near Durham. The chapel and its High Altar in the apsidal east end is seen here through the main door of the choir … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan  15/03/2015 15:45
John of Cologne, O.P. (Joannes van Hoornaar), was a friar and priest of the Dominican Order, born in the Electorate of Cologne, part of modern Germany. He later became a parish priest of Hoornaar, in the Spanish Netherlands. He was executed by the … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan  15/03/2015 14:13
The parish of St Louis Bertrand in Louisville, KY was founded in 1866 and the present-day English Gothic Church was dedicated in 1873. The High Altar is surmounted by a intricately-carved wooden baldachino with Dominican saints.
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LawrenceOP-Fan  15/03/2015 12:43
Kateri (Catherine) was born near the town of Auriesville, New York, in the year 1656, the daughter of a Mohawk warrior. She was four years old when her mother died of smallpox. The disease also attacked Kateri and transfigured her face. She was … [More]
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